Acevedo ‘thrilled and overwhelmed’ by Carnegie win

Acevedo ‘thrilled and overwhelmed’ by Carnegie win

Elizabeth Acevedo has become the first author of colour to win the CILIP Carnegie Medal in the prize’s 83-year history, winning the award with her verse novel about a young girl growing up in Harlem.

Acevedo, a Dominican-American writer resident in Washington DC, told The Bookseller she was “thrilled and overwhelmed” that The Poet X (Egmont) won the award, which was announced earlier this week at a ceremony at the British Library. “It didn’t really hit me until I landed at customs and the border agent asked me what I was here for. I had to say I was here for something very important!”


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